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Stars of the People. On the Patriotism that Saved the Estrada Music

Author(s): Zhana Popova
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Media studies, Music, Communication studies, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: Estrada music; television; media; people; patriotism

Summary/Abstract: What happens when the genre you are developing dies? What happens with the Estrada musicians when the whole industry of socialist Estrada entertainment dies with the abandonment of the word ‘Estrada’? The text summarizes the results from a research of 10 newspapers, 2 online publications and the so called music reality TV shows on Nova TV and bTV as well as ‘The best years of our lives’ show on BNT in the period 1990 – 2017. The music contests add another category which the contestants abide by: ‘we must be proud as nation’ – the country is not doing well, but we are a nation of talented singers. The main results show that the musicians recreate this specific ‘national mystical language’ as Milena Iakimova defined it (Iakimova, 2011:76). The fault for the state of the Estrada music after 1990 is in ‘our own media’ which don’t play their music. Patriotism is seen as a main strategy for their role on the stage of the folk entertainment.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 50/II
  • Page Range: 87-104
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian